USG Teaching and Learning Conference: Best Practices for Promoting Engaged Student Learning
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Wednesday, April 13 • 10:00am - 10:45am
Making It Real: Putting Life into the Lived Spaces of the Past

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Glenda Swan

This session presents some of the approaches and activities used to engage students in the study of domestic architecture as part of an upper-division topics course in Art History on the ancient Roman city of Pompeii. Students were transformed into "Century 1" Real Estate Agent Trainees and, after learning about the ideal Roman house plan, explored the non-ideal residential environments that Pompeians actually occupied. Real houses and archaeological data were used to create oral and written "realtor reports" that emphasized the good - and underplayed the negative - features of actual houses from the region. Students also made proposals to imagined house-builders about the best way to design and decorate houses for irregular and/or small plots of land that I adapted from actual Pompeian homes. Through these activities, students were able to relate the space, decor and social use of these ancient spaces with their own experiences of modern environments.


Glenda Swan

Valdosta State University

Wednesday April 13, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am EDT
Room F/G

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